Ontario’s Court of Appeal has given the Doug Ford government the green light to cut Toronto’s city council from 47 to 25 wards.
The ruling comes just weeks before the October 22 municipal election.
The province’s highest court, this morning, granted a stay in the lower court’s September 10 ruling that struck down the province’s plan to cut the size of Toronto city council by nearly half.
The ruling puts an end to Ford’s unprecedented and controversial use of the “notwithstanding” clause to override Charter rights.
The province had argued that the stay was necessary, to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the upcoming election and the Court of Appeal agreed.
“It is not in the public interest to permit the impending election to proceed on the basis of a dubious ruling that invalidates legislation duly passed by the legislature,” the three-judge panel wrote.